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Episode 2: Strengthening biodiversity conservation





Date & Time

05 July 2022 to 06 July 2022

Registration  Abstract submission  Concept note

The second episode of the webinar series will provide a platform to share policies, experiences, emerging issues, collaborative opportunities, research findings, new ideas and technologies, technical guidelines, and approaches to biodiversity conservation and protected area management, transboundary collaboration, and community conservation.

Biodiversity in the Far Eastern Himalaya Landscape (FEHL) is threatened by land-use change, habitat fragmentation, climate change, biological invasions, poaching and wildlife trade, excessive exploitation of forest products, and lack of transparency in the trade of biological products. The transboundary nature of the landscape adds to the complexity and challenges for biodiversity conservation.

Community participation in biodiversity conservation is extremely important in the FEHL as many areas outside the Protected Area (PA) network are rich in biodiversity, and various ethnic groups have rich customary institutions and traditional knowledge related to biodiversity and stewardship.

Driven by global efforts for strengthened conservation, the national policies, legal frameworks, and institutions governing biodiversity conservation in China, India, and Myanmar have undergone drastic changes in the past decade. At the same time, PA management and wildlife conservation have been transformed by new technologies and approaches such as geospatial technologies, artificial intelligence, camera trapping as well as citizen engagement in patrolling, monitoring, surveys, information processing, and public outreach.


Call for abstracts

We invite abstracts for the second webinar on 5-6 July 2022. Selected abstracts will be published in a compendium of abstracts, and the authors will be asked to present their work during the webinar.



  • Protected areas (Nature reserves, national parks, World Heritage Sites, wildlife sanctuaries), and other effective conservation measures (OECMs)
  • Transboundary conservation and ecological connectivity
  • Conservation policies, strategies, tools, and technologies


Guideline for abstracts

  • Must be based on original work from the Far Eastern Himalaya Landscape or adjoining areas such as northwest Yunnan, Changlang District, India, and northern Myanmar
  • Must include a short background, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion
  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be considered

The length of each abstract must not exceed 500 words

Please submit your abstract here.



Strengthening biodiversity conservation

The two-day webinar included two keynote addresses, 18 thematic presentations, and one-panel discussion that focused on corridor development and human-wildlife interaction. The first session and its thematic presentations covered a wide variety of subjects from fostering transboundary cooperation in wildlife trade, water pollution to corridor development and human-wildlife conflict.

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17 May 2022: Call for abstracts for oral presentations

1 June 2022: Registration opens

15 June 2022: Deadline for abstract submission

17 June 2022: Notifications sent to abstract submitters

5-6 July: Webinar





Time (NPT) Agenda Speakers
Session I: Transboundary collaboration for conservation

Moderated by: Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD

13:00-13:15 Webinar objective Yi Shaoliang, ICIMOD
13:15-13:40 Assessing and strengthening transboundary cooperation Maja Vasilijević, Eco Horizon, Norway


Identifying transboundary conservation priorities in a biodiversity hotspot of China and Myanmar: Implications for

data poor mountainous regions

Ren Guopeng, Dali University, China
13:55-14:10 Wildlife trade in the Hindu Kush Himalaya Babar Khan, ICIMOD
14:10- 14:25 Transboundary issues between Imumbum National Park (INP) and Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve (GNNR)and opportunities for cross-border collaborations Ngwe Lwin, Fauna and Flora International, Myanmar
14:25-14:40 Q&A session
14:40-14:55 Closing


Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD
14:55-15:00 Break
Session II Achieving 30×30 Targets

Moderated by: Yi Shaoliang, ICIMOD

15:00-15:15 Floral biodiversity conservation and forest management in the Eastern Himalaya Landscape under changing climate KS Kanwal, GBPNIHE, India
15:15-15:30 The 10th anniversary of the scientific description of the black snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri): It is time to initiate a set of new management strategies to save this critically endangered primate from extinction Yang Yin

Dali University, China

15:30-15:45 Innovative financial mechanism for nature conservation Purnamita Das Gupta, University of Delhi, India
15:45-16:00 Defining recent fire regime in the mountains of Northwest Yunnan using 30 years of fire records derived from Landsat timeseries Davide Fornacca, Dali University, China
16:00-16:15 OECM & India experiences Ruchika Tripathi, India
16:15-16:35 Q&A session


16:35-16:40 Closing


Yi Shaoliang, ICIMOD

Time (NPT) Agenda Speakers
13:00-13:10 Recap of Day 1 Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD
Session III: Policies and institutions for biodiversity conservation

Moderated by: Brij M.S. Rathore

13:10-13:30 Policies that support Biodiversity Conservation: experience from India Dipankar Ghose, WWF-India
13:30-13:45 Biodiversity conservation institutions and policies of China Li Maobiao, Southwest Forestry University, China
13:45-14:00 Biodiversity conservation institutions and policies of India Sanjay Upadhyay, Supreme Court of India, India
14:00-14:15 Biodiversity conservation institutions and policies of Myanmar Lwin Ohn, Freelance Forestry Consultant, Myanmar


14:15-14:30 Gender mainstreaming in biodiversity conservation Kamala Gurung, ICIMOD
14:30-14:40 Q&A session
14:40-14:45 Closing


Brij M.S. Rathore
14:45-14:50 Break
Session IV: Lightning talk (Five minutes each)

Moderated by: Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD

14:50-14:56 Local people preferences toward improving ecosystem services of Moeyungyi wetland in Myanmar: A choice experiment approach Hsu Sandar Aung, Yeungnam University, South Korea


14:56-15:02 Residents’ preference for wetland conservation: A case study from India


Supriya Hazarika, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur, India
15:02-15:08 Conserving species of extremely small population in Yunnan, China Huang Zhipang, Dali University, China
15:08-15:14 Thematic map of HILIFE Kripa Shrestha/Gauri Dangol, ICIMOD
15:14-15:20 Degradation of Loktak Lake, Manipur: A study of the environmental perceptions Brema Jayanarayanan, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, India
15:20-15:26 Conservation investment plan of the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary and sustainable financing options for protected areas in Northern Myanmar Min Hein Htike, University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States
15:26-15:35 Q&A session
15:35- 15:40 Closing Srijana Joshi, ICIMOD
15:40-15:45 Break
Session V: Panel discussion: Corridor development and human-wildlife interaction

Moderated by: Yi Shaoliang, ICIMOD



Panel discussion


  • Xiao Wen, Dali University, China
  • Diana Ethel Amonge, GBPNIHE, India
  • Namgay Wangchuk, Department of Forests and Park Services of Bhutan, Bhutan
  • Lwin Ohn, Myanmar
  • Robert Zomer


16:45-17:00 Closing and way forward Yi Shaoliang


Meet the speakers

Maja Vasilijević

Maja Vasilijević is the Thematic Coordinator for European Union’s LIFE programme on nature and biodiversity. She has 20 years of professional experience in transboundary conservation and protected areas. Vasilijević was the Chair and Vice Chair of IUCN WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group, and has worked for IUCN on World Heritage issues and on strengthening regional cooperation and capacity development. She is the founder of Eco Horizon consultancy, which operates from Norway. She is also an experienced evaluator of EU grant proposals and the author of several IUCN publications, including IUCN WCPA Best Practice Guidelines on transboundary conservation.

Min Hein Htike

Min Hein Htike has engaged in wildlife conservation and protected area management in Myanmar for more than seven years. He started his career as a conservation intern with WCS Myanmar Program at the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary, where he developed a conservation investment plan sanctuary. He also worked in compiling the National Red List of Threatened Species in Myanmar and on species conservation programs such as Malayan sun bear conservation, tiger monitoring, and the Eastern Hoolock Gibbon survey in northern Myanmar. Currently, he is pursuing an MSc in environmental conservation, focusing on the wildlife, fish, and conservation biology at the University of Massachusetts.


KS Kanwal

KS Kanwal is a scientist at the GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment in Himachal Pradesh, India. He has more than 15 years of research and professional experience in biodiversity conservation and management, particularly high-altitude floral diversity, medicinal plants conservation and cultivation, biodiversity impact assessment, climate change impact on floral diversity, ecological analysis, and impact assessment studies in the Himalayan region.

Purnamita Dasgupta

Purnamita Dasgupta is the Chair Professor and Head of the Environmental and Resource Economics Unit at the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi, India. Dasgupta’s research focuses on the valuation of ecosystem services, climate change adaptation and mitigation, econometric applications to environmental concerns, and health economics. She is an author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), International Panel on Social Progress, and the Himalayan Mountain Assessment.


Lwin Ohn

Lwin Ohn is a freelance forestry consultant. He also worked as the Director of Forest Department and as a professor at the University of Forestry , Myanmar. He has several years of experience working in different government institutions. After his retirement, he worked with different organisations such as Nature Conservancy, WWF, World Bank.

Brema Jayanarayan

Brema Jayanarayan is a professor of civil engineering and is leading the wetland mission at Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore, India. She has 24 years of experience in teaching in civil engineering, water resources engineering and remote sensing and GIS at the Nehru Group of Institutions and Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences.


Supriya Hazarika

Supriya Hazarika is a doctoral student in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. Her research focuses on environmental and resource economics, with a focus on the ecosystem services of wetlands. She is particularly interested in the economic valuation and management of the ecosystem services of urban/peri-urban wetlands from the perspective of visitors and residents.

Gauri Shankar Dangol

Gauri Shankar Dangol works as a Research Associate specializing in cartography at ICIMOD. He develops various types of maps, participatory 3-dimensional models, and publish web map services to visualize the work of our programmes and themes. He has over 25 years of experience in 3D modelling, computer aided design, cartography, graphics and multimedia design and large format printing. Prior to ICIMOD, he has received various award on concept designs of architectural drawing.


Kripa Shrestha

Kripa Shrestha is a Research Associate under the Ecosystems theme at ICIMOD. She also works with the Koshi Basin Initiative, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Capability for the Hindu Kush Himalaya (REEECH), Landscape Initiative for Far Eastern Himalayas (HI-LIFE) under ICIMOD. Shrestha’s work focuses on diverse subjects under ecosystem services including nature-based solutions, watershed and springshed conservation, climate change and disasters, and biodiversity conservation including the application of GIS and remote sensing.

Kamala Gurung

Kamala Gurung is a Gender and Natural Resource Management Specialist at ICIMOD. She is also the Gender Focal Person for the Regional Programmes on Transboundary Landscapes, Atmosphere, and Mountain Environment Regional Information Systems at ICIMOD. Her academic background and professional experience focus on gender equity and social inclusion in the HKH region, particularly in natural resource management and agriculture. Her expertise also include gender equality and social inclusion in areas such as air quality and geospatial information technology.


Babar Khan

Babar Khan is the Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist, Ecosystem Services at ICIMOD. His main role is to coordinate with regional programmes, themes, and initiatives at ICIMOD to manage diverse ecosystems in the HKH region. He develops tools and techniques and gathers evidence to demonstrate how sustainable use of natural resources can help increase food production, improve water and energy security, build climate resilience, and enhance economic growth, and development in the HKH region.

Ngwe Lwin

Ngwe Lwin is a conservation biologist, working for Fauna & Flora International, Myanmar Programme. He has more than more 15 years of conservation experience. His work focuses on community-based conservation, collaborative protected area gazettement/management, and primatological research in Myanmar. Since 2010, he has been working with local communities implementing community-based conservation projects in the Imawbum area.


Diana Ethel Amonge

Diana Ethel Amonge has been working in Northeast Regional Centre of GBPNIHE since 2018 as a Project Coordinator under the HI-LIFE project in India. Her prime work is to create awareness among the communities residing near the periphery of Namdapha National Park (NNP) on integrated eco-tourism and homestays towards sustainable livelihood upliftment and generation of employment for the youth. She has conducted assessments on threatened and endemic birds of NNP and is also working towards enabling local villagers develop a sense of responsibility towards conservation and protection of significant flora and fauna dwelling inside the park.

Robert Zomer

Robert Zomer is a landscape and systems ecologist, with a background in plant community, forest and agricultural ecology, and advanced skills in statistical analysis, geographic information systems, remote sensing, environmental modelling, and landscape level spatial analysis. His special interests include agroforestry, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, participatory approaches to community development, protected-area management, integrated natural resource management, and mountain landscapes. Zomer has a rich working experience in the Himalayas, East Africa, South America, and South, East, and Southeast Asia.


Ruchika Tripathi

Ruchika Tripathi is a development professional with five years of work and research experience in
environment management, national-level policy work, and public health. At UNDP, she has been leading the Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) initiative, working closely with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India. She is also coordinating UNDP’s One Health initiative at the national level, piloted in two Himalayan states of India. Tripathi holds an MPhil with distinction in Anthropology from the University of Delhi.

Hsu Sandar Aung

Hsu Sandar Aung is pursuing her PhD in Welfare Economics at Yeungnam University, Republic of Korea. Her research interests lie in non-market valuation studies, particularly on wetlands, endangered species, and ecotourism. She is also working as a Forest Officer at the headquarters of the Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.


Yin Yang

Yin Yang is a biological anthropologist at the Institute of International Rivers and Eco-security, Yunnan University. His work explores the ecological behaviours and conservation of primates in the Gaoligong Mountains. He has worked extensively in collaboration with Myanmar FFI to expand ecological knowledge of the black snub-nosed monkey.

Guo-Peng Ren

Guo-Peng Ren currently works at Dali University, China. His research work is focused on conservation biology. Ren is interested in the uncertainty of species distribution model.


Davide Fornacca

Davide Fornacca is a Swiss-Italian researcher currently working at the Institute of Eastern-Himalaya Biodiversity Research, based in Dali University, Yunnan, China. He has an educational background in human geography, geoinformatics, and remote sensing. Fornacca’s current primary project is focused on establishing a fire risk/vulnerability predictive model for the mountainous ecosystems of Northwest Yunnan.

Huang Zhi-Pang

Huang Zhi Pang is an Associate Professor at Dali University, China. He has been involved in primate ecology, behaviour, social structure, and conservation in Yunnan and Tibet in China. His recent projects focus exclusively on the regions of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the Hengduan mountains, including primate composition in regional ecosystems; the impacts of fragmented habitats and environments on primates and other endangered animals, and the association with human evolution and cultural variety, particularly in the Eastern Himalaya; and ecological and conservation monitoring on the Three Parallel Rivers in Yunnan.


Namgay Wangchuk

Namgay Wangchuk is the Head of the Human–Wildlife Conflict Management Section under the Nature Conservation Division, Department of Forest and Park Services, Bhutan. He is also a member of the National Human–Wildlife Conflict (HWC) Management Task Force and a member of the Regional HWC Task Force initiated by ICIMOD. Wangchuk has a postgraduate degree from Kasetsart University, Thailand, with his thesis focusing on HWC in Bhutan.

Sanjay Upadhyay

Sanjay Upadhyay, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, is the Founder and Managing Partner of Enviro Legal Defence Firm, India’s first environmental law firm. Upadhyay has been practising environment and development law since 1993. He has served as an environmental and development law expert to national and international development and environmental institutions and has been involved in the drafting committees of several laws in India and abroad, including the Wildlife Act, Forest Rights Act, Nagaland Biodiversity Rules, Medicinal Plant Policies of Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and most recently the Indian Forest Act, among others.


Dipankar Ghose

Dipankar Ghose is the Director of Wildlife and Habitats programme at WWF India. He is a conservation manager and leads the programme for terrestrial wildlife conservation. He supervises a team of 150 staff members working in nine landscapes in India. Ghose loves photography and writing short articles for popularizing conservation.

Xiao Wen

Xiao Wen is the Founder and Director of the Institute of Eastern-Himalaya Biodiversity Research, Dali University. His research focuses on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Eastern Himalaya.


Li Maobiao

Li Maobiao is an Associate Professor of Forestry at Southwest Forestry University of China. He has a postgraduate degree in Agriculture from Cornell University, USA. Maobiao has over 30 years of experiences in international cooperation, natural resources management, and conservation planning. Li was one of the lead scientists for the promulgation of The Regulations of Yunnan Province on Biodiversity Conservation, the first subnational legislature on biodiversity conservation in China.

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